One Year Ago, Saying Goodbye to My Mother

One year ago, I was saying good bye, for the last time to my best friend, my mother.  At age 89 she was very fortunate to have lived such a long and prosperous life.  Not everyone gets that chance, but those who do, usually have quite a life story to tell, and I would like to share hers with you.

mom-young3In 1932, when she was age nine, her and her two sisters lost their mother to breast cancer.  Having spent so much time with my mom, I would say that above all else, this was the greatest loss of her life.  I believe it took her years to grieve, and I think it had a great deal to do with who she became throughout life.  Fortunately, new blessing did eventually come along, as she gained a step mother, another sister and a brother, when her father eventually remarried.  Ultimately, she realized that life must go on, and that she did.

mom-baby1She was born only three years after women gained the right to vote in the US and the end of World War I.  Historically speaking she lived to see plenty.  Here is a list of just a few:

  • The invention of television
  • The fall of the stock market in 1929 and the Great Depression that followed
  • The attack on Pearl Harbor
  • World War II
  • Rosa Park’s refusal to move to the back of the bus
  • The Korean War
  • The invention of the computer
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • The assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • The assassination of Martin Luther King
  • The assassination of Robert Kennedy
  • Man’s first landing on the moon
  • The Viet Nam War
  • The invention of the internet
  • The invention of the cell phone
  • The fall of the Iron Curtain
  • The Gulf War
  • A new millenium
  • The 9/11 attack on the US
  • The Iraq War
  • The War in AfghanistanPrankster She was a prankster


A fashionista


And always in the middle of things!!


She was a wife and mother, a grandmother and great grandmother

 SewingShe loved to sew

  Play-guitarPlay the guitar


DIY-momAnd DIY our home

She painted, wall-paper-lined, and installed those window shutters herself!

gracefully-grayShe went gracefully gray

visit-franceShe fulfilled her lifelong dream of visiting France

Walk-for-the-cureAnd she walked for the cure at the age of 88

momIt may be your neighbor, your uncle, your aunt, your teacher, or maybe your friend,

But if you look, you will find someone out there that knows how to show the rest of us

That life must go on,

Life is too short

It is what you make of it

And it’s not who you know, it’s who you are!

 Dear Mom,

I love you and miss you

I feel so blessed to have known you,

and to have had so much fun with you in your last years!


Your daughter,



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7 Responses to One Year Ago, Saying Goodbye to My Mother

  1. mary March 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Just lovely Amy. She would have loved it. She was blessed to have you.

  2. Mel March 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Oh Amy what a beautiful post. Walking for the cure at 88 amazing.

    Mel xo

  3. Elena @ `a casarella April 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    Hi Amy, I am stopping by from the “tribe”! This post made me tear up. What a beautiful tribute to your mother. I’m looking forward to getting to know you (and your blog) better in the coming months!

  4. Doreen@househoneys April 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    Oh Amy, that was wonderful. I love how you have a picture of your mom as a young woman at the start of your story and end it with a recent picture. Yes, she looks older, but her spirit is evident and she didn’t lose the sparkle in her eyes.

    I smiled at the picture of her sewing on the dining room table. I have that sewing pad! lol.

    The resemblance between you and our mom is simply uncanny. Truly amazing!

    Thank you for this lovely post. Your mother would be so proud.


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